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Playing CDs on your Linux PC

Playing CDs on your Linux PC with Rhythmbox

For playing CDs, both Fedora and Ubuntu 10.x and below ship with the Rhythmbox application as standard. If you don't have this installed, then install this from your Software Centre or directly from the web. Once Rhythmbox is installed, just insert an audio CD.

In Ubuntu, Linux will read the CD and place an icon on the desktop, similar to the following:

Audio CD mounted on the desktop

If Rhythmbox does not autostart after the CD loads, then right click the “Audio Disc” icon and select “Open with Rhythmbox”:

Option to Open with RhythmBox

In Fedora, you will see the following dialogue box display: click the drop-down box and choose "Rhythmbox" to read in the disc:

Fedora CD dialogue box

The Rhythmbox application should now read the CD and list the tracks, like the screenshot below:

RhythmBox CD List Window


Playing CDs on your Linux PC with Banshee

For playing CDs, Ubuntu 11.04 and above ships with the Banshee application as standard. If you don't have this installed, then install this from your Software Centre or directly from the web (-for example, from http://banshee.fm/).

Once Banshee is installed, just insert an audio CD; Ubuntu Linux will read the CD and place an icon on the desktop, similar to the following:

Audio CD mounted on the desktop

If Banshee does not autostart after the CD loads, then right click the “Audio Disc” icon and select “Open with Banshee”:

Option to Open with Banshee

In Fedora, you will see the following dialogue box display: click the drop-down box and choose "Banshee" to read in the disc:

Fedora CD dialogue box

The Banshee application should now read the CD and list the tracks, similar to the screenshot below:

Banshee CD List Window

To start the CD playing, click on a track and then click the "Play" button:

Banshee Play Icon

To stop the CD playing, click on the "Stop" or "Pause" buttons:

Banshee Stop Icon


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